Tasty Tech Toys Fujifilm Fine Pix X100 Vintage Digital Camera

Fujifilm X100

I am a vintage camera freak. From old Leica’s to the classic Pentax K1000. When the rumors about the new Fujifilm Fine Pix X100 started to make waves on the internet and the blogasphere, I was anxious to see what they had on offer.

Fujifilm X100

Inspired by the beauty and form of classic cameras from the past, the FinePix X100 combines all the latest technical digital innovations in a beautiful, traditional chassis which oozes class and prestige. Echoing the functional aesthetics of analogue film cameras, the ‘manual’ dials have been carefully positioned to give the photographer easy control over creative shooting. Aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation can be checked even before the camera is turned on. The ergonomics of the design offers the perfect balance between compact convenience and user-friendly operation. Every control has been carefully considered to give the photographer fast access to aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation, to allow maximum creative expression with minimum hassle.

Fujifilm X100

What I particularly like is the ergonomics of this camera. It is totally vintage with material choices that really enhance the retro look of this camera. BK

 

Fujifilm X100
The upper control deck and bottom surface of the camera has been cast from magnesium alloy, (semi-solid metal casting), to create a high-precision body with high rigidity. All dials on the upper control deck are also fabricated from metal. 

 

Fujifilm X100

Premium quality is evident in every detail. The chassis has been finished with high-quality leather accents, allowing you to indulge in pure photographic satisfaction. You won’t want to put it down.

I am particularly impressed with the vintage look and feel and the materials used in the Fuji X100  

Built from the ground up: introducing the ultimate FUJINON Lens. Conceived and created by people who accept nothing less than excellence, FUJINON presents a masterpiece in optical technology. This newly developed lens offers a focal length of 23mm (135 equivalent: 35mm) that lets you capture a wide range of subjects while maintaining high resolution and optical clarity. It also features a large F2 aperture which not only delivers both ample brightness and high contrast sensitivity, but also achieves a high level of resolution when the aperture is closed by 1 or 2 stops. In addition to this strong specification, the system design includes an aspherical lens, a 9-blade aperture diaphragm and a built-in ND filter. The adoption of a non-collapsible lens structure with minimised lens length not only contributes to the compact size of this model, but it also eliminates telescoping of the lens when the power is on. 

 

Fujifilm X100

FUJIFILM has selected this fixed focal length lens for the FinePix X100 because this configuration consistently delivers premier image quality in every way; from exceptional resolution and minimal aberration, to excellent light volume in image corners. The FinePix X100 FUJINON lens really is in a class of its own.

TIPA Awards Winner 2011

Winner of the  2011 TIPA Award for Best Premium Camera: Fujifilm FinePix X100


Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 offers unrivalled image quality for a compact camera, thanks to its APS-C format CMOS sensor and Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 lens. The Hybrid Viewfinder uniquely combines the ‘bright frame’ window-type optical viewfinder found in high-end film cameras, and the electronic viewfinder system of fixed single lens or digital compact system cameras, offering the user ‘the best of both worlds’. Added to the package is a newly-developed EXR Processor, which combines all the latest Fujifilm image processing technology.

At around $1200,00 or €990 this is not a budget camera. But if you are seeking something really special, have a look at the Fujifilm X100.

Specifications

 

Model Name FinePix X100
Number of effective pixels 12.3 million pixels
Image sensor 23.6mm×15.8mm(APS-C)CMOS with primary color filter
Storage Media Internal memory (Approx. 20MB) SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card *1
File format (still image) JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 *2), RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
(movie) H.264(MOV) with Stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels L:<3:2>4288×2848 <16:9>4288×2416 M:<3:2>3072×2048 <16:9>3072×1728 S:<3:2>2176×1448 <16:9>1920×1080  <Motion Panorama> 180°Vertical 7680 x 2160 Horizontal 7680 x 1440 120°Vertical 5120 x 2160 Horizontal 5120 x 1440
Lens (name) Fujinon Single focal length lens
(focal length) f=23mm, equivalent to 35mm on a 35mm camera
(full-aperture) F2
(constitution) 6 groups 8 lenses (1 aspherical glass molded lens included)
Aperture F2 – F16 1/3EV step (controlled with 9-blade aperture diaphragm)
Focus distance (from lens surface) Normal: Approx. 80cm / 2.6 ft. to infinity Macro: Approx.10cm – 2.0m / 3.9 in.- 6.6 ft.
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 200 – 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity) Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100 or 12800 ISO AUTO Control available
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure
Shutter speed (with mechanical shutter) (P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000* sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000* sec. Bulb (max. 60min.) *1/4000sec at F8 or smaller aperture
Continuous shooting Up to 10 /JPEG Up to 8 /RAW or RAW+JPEG 5 / 3 fps selectable
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV) Film Simulation Bracketing (PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, ASTIA / Soft) Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%) ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Focus (mode) Single AF / Continuous AF/MF Distance Indicator
(type) TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
(AF frame selection) Area / Multi
White balance Automatic scene recognition Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, underwater, Custom, Color temperature selection
Self-timer Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. Delay
Flash Auto flash (super intelligent flash) Effective range: (ISO 1600) approx. 50 cm – 9 m / 1.6 ft. – 29.5. ft.
Flash modes Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro. Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Hot shoe Yes (dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder Hybrid viewfinder Optical viewfinder Reverse Galilean viewfinder with electronic bright frame display 0.5 x magnifications Coverage of frame area v.s. capturing area: approx. 90% Electronic viewfinder 0.47-in., approx.1,440,000-dots color LCD viewfinder Coverage of viewing area v.s capturing area: approx. 100% Eye sensor installed Eye point: approx. 15 mm Diopter adjustment: –2 – +1 m-1(dpt)
LCD monitor 2.8-inch, approx. 460,000dots, TFT color LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recording 1280 x 720 pixels (24frames / sec.) with stereo sound Individual movies can not exceed 10 minutes in length.
Photography functions Select custom setting, Motion panorama, Color space, Film simulation, Auto red-eye removal, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Focus check, Electronic level, One-touch RAW
Playback functions RAW conversion, Image rotate, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Protect, Panorama, Favorites
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 languages selection, Time difference, Quick start mode, OVF power save mode, Silent mode, Shutter sound select
Terminal (Digital interface) USB 2.0 High-Speed
(HD output) HDMI mini connector
Power supply NP-95 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 126.5 (W) mm x 74.4 (H) mm x 53.9 (D) mm / 5.0in. (W) x 2.9in. (H) x 2.1 in. (D) (Minimum thickness: 31.0mm / 1.2in.)
Weight Approx. 405g /14.3 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card) Approx. 445g / 15.7 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature 0°C – 40°C
Operating Humidity 10 – 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation Approx. 300 frames
Starting up period Approx. 2.2 sec. (Approx 0.7 sec at QUICK START mode) * evaluated by FUJIFILM method
Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-95 Battery charger BC-65N Shoulder strap USB cable for the FinePix X100 Lens cap Metal strap clip Protective cover Clip attaching tool CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc. *3 ) Owner’s manual
Optional accessories Li-ion battery NP-95 Battery charger BC-65N Leather case LC-X100 Lens hood LH-X100 Adapter ring AR-X100 Shoe mount flash EF-20, EF-42

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Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…

  • mike.

    poor man’s leica m9, who the **** would spend money on a leica m9 anyways, for what purpose? I own this camera and its wonderful. Id never waste money on digital leica, never. 

  • Anthony M.

    A poor man’s Leica M9! 😀

    • Actually, perhaps better than a Leica 😉

      • Anthony M.

        In the hands of a great photographer like you, certainly! 😉